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Commission - Nicolette Townsend by Femmes-Fatales Commission - Nicolette Townsend by Femmes-Fatales
This is another commission for ~ParisNJones

Nicolette Townsend is the lead singer and guitarist for the fictional rock group known as The Conspiracy Theory. Nicolette was described to me as conforming to the aesthetic of the Beat generation. Having studied that particular era in university, it conjures up a very specific image and tone that I used for this piece. Nicolette styles herself in a very simple manner but what I find interesting is the juxtaposition of the tattoos in her visual equation. The sleeves of roses were difficult to draw and colour. I initially intended them to be faded but I didn't quite like the look of them. I ultimately chose to leave them as they originally came out. Overall, I think Nicolette looks rather stylish.

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ParisNJones Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Initially, Nicolette's look had more in common with her band mates Clark and Rachel. She had the same tattoos but also wild, multi-colored hair and more piercings. As I got into her back story, she evolved into what she is now. Nicolette started out as a visual artist, which led to her connection with Jordan Brooks in high school. While her peers were into teen lit, she was reading Kerouac. Her fascination with the Beat generation inspired how she dressed. Plus, I'm a fan of singer Janelle Monae. I like she has so many variations of a simple black and white outfit and applied that to Nicolette's appearance. I think the clean look along with the tattoos (which some people associate with being dirty) made an interesting contrast. As with the other commissions, I love how this turned out. Especially the pose. It gives off a commanding presence, like the lead singer of rock band should have. At the same time, it's sultry. And the tattoos look great, especially with her complexion.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do have to commend you on your choice of styling Nicolette this way because it contrasts with the norm for rock singers. There's a very specific aesthetic expected of rock groups and I like that the one you've created is different in its appearance. Some of them conform to these norms, but together they have a more varied look. If that makes sense. I think Nicolette really typifies that the most. I'm glad you like what I've been able to do with her here. :)

As a side note, I'm actually kind of surprised that Nicolette (as an African-American woman) would actually even like Kerouac. His work is blatantly sexist and borders on insensitive towards the struggles of African-Americans before the civil rights movement. In university, we discussed how Kerouac is a privileged white male who masquerades himself as someone more enlightened than he actually is. Even though he attempts to be like African-Americans, he still has the privilege of going back to his life of luxury in the safety of the east coast. Nicolette seems like she'd be a kind of pseudo-feminist who would poke holes in Kerouac's sexist overtones. That said, she seems like someone who'd DEFINITELY be all about Ginsberg. In my opinion, he was always the most interesting of that particular group.
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ParisNJones Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-One thing I thought about when coming up the looks for each member of the band was whether the looked too different from each other.  Part of rock is rebelling against the norm and individuality. It's ironic that nowadays, they conform to the same look.

-I'm more familiar with Kerouac than Ginsburg, so I only used him as a point of reference. And I agree about Kerouac and White privilege. But there was still something about the Beat generation that intrigued me, most particularly the style. So I took that and applied it to Nicolette.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In general, there's been a rather tragically funny aspect to rock in that it's one of the most conformist genres in the music industry. While pop music is ever-changing and evolving in its style and aesthetic, rock music has only ever made small steps. When it comes to rock, there's an expectation that the musicians must conform to certain looks or ideals otherwise they will not be counted within the genre. In other words, you can't look like Hilary Duff and be considered a Joan Jett.

Ginsberg is an amazing poet. If you haven't, I'd suggest checking out "Howl." It's infinitely more interesting than the snoozefest that is Kerouac's "On The Road."
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